‘Saved By The Bell’ Rings Loud In Phil’s Picks 2018 top 10 New DVD/BD Re-Issues List

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Box sets and standalone DVDs and Blu-rays are always critical to examine each year when it comes to year-ender lists.  That is because they really are their own categories.  They are not the only important categories to examine, though, when developing year-ender lists.

One of the most under appreciated lists that every critic should consider is the list of the year’s top new DVD and Blu-ray re-issues.  This critic’s list is chock full of interesting titles this year, such as the Blu-ray re-issue of the classic action series MacGuyver‘s debut season, Saved By The Bell and even the classic biopic The Glenn Miller Story. Yes, this critic even included a biopic in the list, despite not exactly being a fan of the genre.

The top spot on this year’s list goes easily to none other than Saved By The BellThe Complete Series.  The original series has been released previously, however, never to the extent that it was presented in this new box set.  Add in solid pricing and extensive bonus material, and fans of the classic NBC series get a top notch set.

The second spot on this year’s list goes to the Blu-ray re-issue of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.  This so-campy-that-it’s-great modern classic is incredible in its story, acting and special effects.  The addition of its bonus material makes it an even greater investment for movie buffs.

Third Place in this year’s list of top new DVD & BD Re-Issues goes to the re-issue of MGM’s Get Shorty.  The spoof of Hollywood’s many mob movies and Hollywood insider flicks couples with enjoyable bonus content and an affordable price point for a presentation that every movie buff will enjoy.

Also featured in this year’s list are re-issues of Bill & Ted’s Bogus JourneyDragnetBill & Ted’s Excellent AdventureCity Slickers and The Wasp Woman just to name a handful of titles.  The list’s top 10 titles are the best of the year, while the five that follow are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New DVD/BD re-issues.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW DVD/BLU-RAY RE-ISSUES

  1. Saved By The BellThe Complete Series
  2. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
  3. Get Shorty
  4. Dragnet
  5. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  6. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
  7. Cold Turkey
  8. The Wasp Woman
  9. MacGuyverThe Complete First Season
  10. City Slickers
  11. Dr. Detroit
  12. GarfieldNine Lives
  13. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  14. The Glenn Miller Story
  15. The Sandlot

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date For Its Next MST3K Collection

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This fall, Shout! Factory has a special gift for all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans out there.

Shout! Factory will release Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV this fall. It will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, December 1st. The cult classic series’ latset collection of episode, this collection features four more never before released episodes and four more of the best of the worst from Hollywood’s archives. Those four films are: Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage To The Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), War of the Colossal Beast (1958), The Undead (1957), and The She-Creature (1956).

The first of the films centers on a group of Viking women trying to find their missing male counterparts. In their decision to find said men, the women become captured by a group of Barbarians that had captured the men for whom the women were searching. Of course there is also a sea serpent that shows up along the way, too. Susan Cabot stars in the movie’s lead role. She is most well-known for her role of Janice Starlin in another cult classic, 1959’s The Wasp Woman.

In the second of the featured films, Col. Glen Manning (Duncan ‘Dean’ Parkin) is thought to be dead after having fallen from the top of the Hoover Dam. However, he defies all odds and survives, surfacing some time later in Mexico. When he re-emerges, Col. Manning is disfigured, suffering from brain damage, and is very hungry. After being drugged and returned to the U.S. by the military Col. Manning escapes and begins wreaking havoc on the city. Parkin, who is best known for his role of the title character in Allied Artists’ 1957 sci-fi horror The Cyclops, stars alongside Sally Fraser (Earth vs. The Spider, It Conquered The World, Giant From The Unknown), Roger Pace (My Little Margie), and Russ Bender (Bonanza, It Conquered The World, The Amazing Colossal Man) in this cult classic B-movie.

The Undead is another Roger Corman classic. It follows actress Pamela Duncan as she portrays Diana Love. Diana is hypnotized and goes back to the Middle Ages, where she discovers that she is suspected of being a witch and in turn faces the possibility of being executed. Duncan is also known for her roles in Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Red Skelton Hour, Seven Men From Now (1956). The movie was distributed via American International Pictures.

The fourth and final film featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV, The She-Creature follows yet another female lead having her share of troubles after being hypnotized. This time Dorothy Chappel (Cathy Downs) is hypnotized by Dr. Carlo Lombardi (Chester Morris) and is subsequently turned into a sea creture by Lombardi. It turns out that the sea creature was responsible for the deaths of a number of people long ago. And it is believed that Chappel was that creature or so it would seem. The movie was also distributed via American International Pictures just as with The Undead and directed by Edward L. Cahn. Downs is known best for her roles in The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955), and The Joe Palooka Story. Co-star Chester Morris is known best for his work in The Divorcee (1930), The Big House (1930), and Alibi (1929).

Along with the main features and the always hilarious live action sketches between movie segments, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV also boasts a handful of bonuses including: New Introductions from Frank Conniff, theatrical trailers, and a documentary on American International Pictures titled “It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story.” The complete list of bonuses included in MST3K: Volume XXXIV is noted below.

Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV Bonus Features:
· New introductions by Frank Conniff
· It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story documentary
· Theatrical Trailers
· Four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV will be available Tuesday, December 1st in stores and online. It will retail for MSRP of $59.99 but can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $53.99 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/mst3k-volume-xxxiv. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Corman’s Wasp Woman Is A Classic In Its Own Right

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Our world is obsessed with youth.  The pressure to be young and attractive is even greater on women than it is on men.  This pressure seems to be even greater today than ever before.  Because it has been such a prominent topic for so long, it’s also been great fodder for movies.  One of the most notable movies that tackles that pressure is the 1992 movie, Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep.  In that movie, Streep plays a woman who discovers a treatment that will keep her young and beautiful for eternity.  As funny as it was, it wasn’t the first movie to go after the pressure facing women.  One of the earliest is a B-movie headed by famed B-movie director Roger Corman call The Wasp Woman.

The Wasp Woman is one of Roger Corman’s best B-movies.  As cheesy as it was, it was also really great in its own right.  In this movie, beauty company head Janice Starlin becomes increasingly obsessed with her looks after a male member of her company’s board mentioned to her that the company’s sales were beginning to fall off because the company tried to use a face other than hers to market its products.  So hearing this, she enlists the aid of sort-of mad scientist Eric Zinthrop (Michael Mark), who is testing the effects of queen jelly from the queen wasp in rejuvenating subjects’ youth.  At first things seem to go okay.  But then things go horribly wrong, leading Starlin to become the hideous Wasp Woman.

The Wasp Woman outfit is cheesy beyond belief.  But that’s beside the point.  It’s not really what makes this flick so fun.  What makes the flick so fun is that whether or not it intentionally made commentary on the impact of the beauty industry and society as a whole, that commentary exists even in this totally funny B-flick that’s perfect for a Halloween party.  That the subject behind the story is very real, it makes suspension of disbelief that much easier.  And the ability to suspend one’s disbelief goes a long way toward making this movie one of Roger Corman’s greatest classics.

Now fans can watch this classic B-Flick any time they want as it’s been included in Mill Creek’s new 100 Greates Sci-Fi Classics double box set.  It’s available in stores and can be ordered online at http://www.millcreekent.com

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